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Fawbert & Barnard's Primary School Learning for Life

School Improvement

School Development Plan 2016-17

Progress and attainment



As part of making sure all pupils make as much progress as possible, we are particularly focusing this year on helping children who are eligible for pupil premium and children with high prior attainment.

Actions include: professional development around questioning, reviewing feedback and marking, an external review of how we spend pupil premium funding, 'top up' time in the afternoons and making sure children are sufficiently challenged in lessons.

We are developing a love of reading in the school and making sure all children make enough progress in reading.

Actions include: developing understanding of language e.g. through Blanks questioning, introducing shared comprehension in addition to Guided Reading and developing our library as a space that inspires us to read.

Critical thinking



We are introducing ‘Philosophy for Children’ to develop children’s critical thinking.  It is an approach supported by research that shows it helps to raise standards across the curriculum.

Actions include: trialling in two classes in the Spring term and rolling out across the school in the summer term.

We are working on helping more children reach the higher standard in science and developing teachers’ skills in teaching the six ways of working scientifically and assessing children’s learning in science.

Actions include: professional development session for teachers, science curriculum days in the Autumn term and a gardening week in the Summer term.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

Lesson Study

Teachers have the opportunity to take part in ‘Lesson Study’ as part of their ongoing CPD.  Lesson Study is an approach to CPD that gets teachers to identify enquiry questions that will help them to improve their teaching and consequently the outcomes for their pupils.  Once an enquiry question is agreed, the teachers, working in 3s (triads), carry out research from published and evidenced interventions to help them choose an intervention to use with a targeted group of pupils.  After several jointly planned lessons, the triad group writes up the study ready to share with other staff.

We were pleased to be invited to share our journey with Lesson Study at a conference with other Essex schools.

Recent enquiry questions have been:

How are we going to improve ‘rapid recall’ of number facts and fluency in applying them for Y6 pupils who are at risk of not reaching age-related expectations by the end of Key Stage two?

How can we improve the recall of alternative graphemes for known phonemes with reluctant-to-participate boys?

How effectively can we improve the basic sentence structure of underachieving writers in Year 3 using focused adult led learning episodes?

How can we improve the stamina, focus and engagement of easily distracted boys so that they can remain on task for longer and work with a higher level of independence during task time?

How can we improve the engagement of less confident children in class discussions?

How can we develop the independence and confidence of able writers who under perform in maths?

Ongoing opportunities for staff development

Recently, two teaching assistants completed their Level 3 in Supporting Learning and Teaching and one of our teachers completed a Level 3 qualification in Outdoor Learning.  Our SENCO is currently working towards the SEN award.  A teacher is working towards the National Professional Qualification for Middle Leaders and another is working towards the National Professional Qualification for Senior Leaders.  A Deputy Head is on second placement with us as part of the National Professional Qualification for Headship.  All staff participate in Performance Management reviews including career planning and have the opportunity to complete a job plan each year.

Initial Teacher Training

Currently we work with Cambridge University and Essex Primary SCITT to host students.  We have several experienced members of staff who are trained mentors on these programmes.  We enjoy welcoming students to join us on their teaching practice assignments as the school benefits too from keeping up to date with the latest initiatives.

Partnership Working

We believe in working collaboratively with local schools for the benefit of all children and young people in our town.

We are proud to belong to:

  • Harlow Education Consortium (HEC)
  • Harlow Behaviour and Attendance Partnership (BAP)
  • Harlow Education Partnership (HEP)